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Game #19 Preview: Ryu vs Cobb

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Blue Jays (7-10) vs Orioles (12-9)

Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays Photo by Bryan M. Bennett/Getty Images

The Blue Jays hit the road for a three game set in Baltimore against the Orioles. Tonight’s game is a bit later than normal, scheduled for 7:35 EDT.

Blue Jays’ Starter

Hyun-Jin Ryu will be making his 5th start as a Blue Jay, looking to improve upon his 1-1 record with a 4.05 ERA. So far this season, Ryu has really struggled with issuing walks, something the the finesse lefty is typically among the best in the league at preventing. He has allowed 9 already in just 20 innings, whereas last year he allowed 24 in all of his 182.2 innings.

Ryu is coming off a pair of really good starts, combining to allow just 1 run on 3 hits over 11 innings, although the troublesome walks are there again with 5 in that span. He did manage to strike out 15 batters though, something that I never really considered one of his strengths. But if he’s going to be giving up more walks than normal, getting more strikeouts is a good way to limit the damage those walks do.

Orioles’ Starter

Alex Cobb will also be making the 5th start of his season, coming into play with the same 1-1 record as Ryu, but the 2.75 ERA looks much shinier. Over 19.2 innings, Cobb has allowed 6 runs on 13 hits and 8 walks, striking out 17 along the way.

Looking at the underlying numbers for Cobb, he’s pretty lucky to be sitting at such a low ERA. His FIP is 4.76, thanks to his struggles with free passes and home runs. He has also done a poor job limiting hard contact, sitting in the bottom quarter of the league in things like exit velocity against and hard hits allowed.

Blue Jays’ Lineup

Losing Bo Bichette is very much a deflating and crippling blow to this offense. Just as things were starting to come around for the team offensively, so hopefully the rest of the of the team can step up and help carry the team in his absence.

I’m hoping that Santiago Espinal draws all of the starts at SS, as the thought of Brandon Drury or Joe Panik getting starts there is unsettling. However, Espinal is going to need to start to show a lot more at the plate than he has in his first few games if he’s going to be enjoyable as well.

Elsewhere around the lineup, with the righty Cobb on the mound, we’ll see the regulars with Travis Shaw back over at 3B and Rowdy Tellez in the lineup as well. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. should be back in LF after having a bit of a break in the second game yesterday.

Orioles’ Lineup

The team itself is off to a great start, with a strong offence carrying them to their 12-9 start. And they’re getting solid contributions from a large swath of their lineup, with 6 regulars and the backup catcher all with a wRC+ over 130. Hanser Alberto, Anthony Santander and Renato Nunez lead the way, with Free Agent signing Jose Iglesias also doing his part.

On the other end of the spectrum for the Orioles is Chris Davis, who is somehow still on the roster and getting semi-regular at bats, despite now being in his 3rd straight season of being one of the worst players in baseball. His contract runs through 2022, but the Orioles would be better off to just cut ties with him and move forward. Davis had a great few years for the team, reached the valuable 10 years of service time mark, and has set himself up quite nicely with his large contract. His time to move on has certainly arrived.

Trey Mancini, who found a malignant tumor on his colon in the spring, is likely out for the season, and hopefully he is staying safe and recovering from his surgery.

Yesterday’s Heroes

Franmil Reyes went 3-4 with a pair of home runs, driving in 2 to pick up the Monster Bat award. He helped his Indians teammates to the 8-5 win over the Tigers.

Zack Wheeler made it through 7 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 6 hits and a walking, striking out 4. He just edges out the other pitchers who also went 7 innings, as Wheeler didn’t allow a home run, and that’s good enough for the Pitcher of the Day honours. He also picked up the statistical win in the Phillies’ 6-2 win over the Mets.

Eduardo Escobar hit a huge 3-run home run in the bottom of the 8th, giving his Diamondbacks the 5-4 lead over the Padres that they would not relinquish. That hit alone was worth .675 WPA, pretty much the entirety of his WPA King winning .695 mark.

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